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AIM: GOLD AT THE ESMERALD COAST – VOLKSWAGEN HIGHLY MOTIVATED GOING INTO THE RALLY ITALY

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Aim: Gold at the Emerald Coast – Volkswagen highly motivated going into the Rally Italy.

FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP 2015 -WRC Italia Sardegna (ITA) -  WRC 11/06/2015 to 14/06/2015 - PHOTO :  @World

Ogier/Ingrassia and the Polo R WRC unbeaten at the Costa Smeralda
Performance curve on the rise: Mikkelsen/Jæger have started their pursuit in the championship
Latvala/Anttila will benefit from a good starting position on Sardinia

FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP (WRC)
RALLY ITALY

Wolfsburg (03 June 2016). The desire for gold at the Emerald Coast is greater than ever – Volkswagen will take on the sixth round of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), the Rally Italy (09–12 June) with maximum motivation and particularly hungry for success. The combination of Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) and the Polo R WRC is yet to be beaten on the Mediterranean island – a fact that, as well as strong rivals of other manufacturers, the Volkswagen duos Andreas Mikkelsen/Anders Jæger (N/N) and Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN) would love to change. Mikkelsen/Jæger are on the rise, Latvala/Anttila are also hungry for success. In Ogier/Ingrassia’s favour are three wins in a row on Sardinia; a fourth would see the three-time world champions draw level with the nine-time world champions Sébastien Loeb/Daniel Elena (F/MC) in the record list for this rally. The drivers have to complete 324.60 timed kilometres through heavy dust and in extreme heat on Sardinia.

“The Rally Italy is one of the most challenging rallies on the calendar,” said Volkswagen Motorsport Director Jost Capito. “Dust, heat and long special stages such as ‘Monte Lerno’ are famous and notorious. On top of that, our rivals in the WRC are extremely strong: there have been four different winners from three different manufacturers in five rallies. For various reasons, we did not win the two most recent rallies. But we know what we are capable of and intend to fight back on the track in Italy. We definitely don’t want to miss out on the winner’s swim in the docks of Alghero that has become something of a tradition this time around.”

Monte, Monti and the wild 13 – the finer points at the Costa Smeralda

The 2016 Rally Italy will be held in the northwest of Sardinia – for the 13th time since the rally came into being. Special stages such as “Castelsardo” and “Tergu–Osilo” return, the successful show stage at the ceremonial start “Ittiri” remains, and you can’t do without “Monte Lerno” and its famous “Micky’s Jump”. And then there are “Cala Flumini”, “Monti di Alà” and Co. from recent years. The challenge of the 2016 edition consists of 19 special stages. However, the ultimate test in the Sardinian dust will always be “Monte Lerno”, which in its two passes alone makes up 88.52 kilometres of the entire programme. Its world-famous “Micky’s Jump” is a spectator magnet, sends shivers down your spine and is the picture-postcard scene of the Rally Italy all rolled into one. Before turning right immediately before the famous crest, the drivers brake briefly – the rest is “hang-time” and thanks to the sloping terrain, a flight of up to 40 metres.

Yachts, ice cream und evening ambience – the special flair of the Rally Italy

A spectacular sunset, a walk along medieval monuments in Alghero, the best ice cream in the world on your tongue and letting your gaze wander between the picturesque marina and the busy WRC service park – you only get that at the Rally Italy. Holiday feeling or not: despite possibly the most beautiful view in the rally year, the mechanics and engineers need to be fully focussed – in a total of eight service breaks, meaning working 660 minutes overall for the three Polo R WRC. And the drivers and co-drivers also know what they have achieved at the end of each day – in extremely high temperatures in the cockpit.

Hard-earned privilege: championship leader Ogier and Mikkelsen open the rally route

Leader and fiercest rival in the drivers’ and co-drivers’ standings: in the first five WRC rallies of the year, the Volkswagen duos Ogier/Ingrassia and Mikkelsen/Jæger have earned the privilege of being the first cars onto the rally tracks until Saturday evening in light of their outstanding positions in the overall standings. At gravel rallies – depending on the weather – this is a disadvantage, which affects the driver and co-driver duos properly registered in the WRC differently according to their ranking in the championship. At the Rally Portugal at the last outing this meant one tenth of a second for each additional World Rally Car on the track and per stage kilometre. At the Rally Italy, 282.56 of the 324.60 kilometres in total, meaning 87 percent of the total distance, will be driven in this order. The remaining 42.04 kilometres of stages on Sunday will be driven in the reverse order of the interim standings of the rally.

Ready, steady, go: offspring expected chez Ogier

Someone is heading towards the starting line: Sébastien Ogier and his wife Andrea Kaiser are expecting their first baby between the rallies in Italy and Poland. Even though the estimated due date does not fall during the Rally Italy, the excitement is building steadily ahead of the personal major event. Communication between the rally car and home base is intensifying accordingly and Ogier is ready to leave at any point if necessary. And there’s one thing that definitely won’t suffer: the motivation to complete the stages as quickly as possible. Since that means the father-to-be can be reached again sooner.

Quotes ahead of the Rally Italy

Sébastien Ogier, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #1
«I am very confident heading to Italy, since the season has been fantastic so far. Julien and I have been on the podium at every rally, and we want to build on this streak. Even though the Rally Italy isn’t one of my favourite rallies, I have learned to like it. The tracks are no longer as narrow and rough as they once were. I prefer more level tracks on which you don’t always have to protect the car. Another special feature is ‘Micky’s Jump’. It is one of the highest jumps of the season. From a personal point of view, I am very excited to start soon a new life as Andrea and I are expecting our first child. The due date is after the rally, but you never know. If the baby arrives during the rally, I will head straight to my wife. That is a moment that I definitely don’t want to miss. The team is supporting me 100 percent in this decision.»

Jari-Matti Latvala, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #2
“The Rally Italy is fantastic. It’s where I celebrated my first win on gravel. I look forward to returning to Sardinia every year, even though things haven’t gone so well for me there in recent years. I have often picked up a puncture on Sardinia in recent times – perhaps because I pushed too close to the limit. This year I have made a resolution to look after my tyres better. My aim is to finish on the podium again. The gravel on Sardinia is usually very slippery on the first pass, my high starting number could be an advantage. Then all of the drivers usually have good grip on the second loop. Another special feature in Italy is the heat: the body loses a lot of energy and fluids due to the high temperatures. So it is important to drink enough between the stages.”

Andreas Mikkelsen, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #9
“Second place in Portugal almost felt like a win to Anders and me. Which is why we are confident heading to Italy. But we are aware that the rough surface there makes it one of the most difficult rallies of the season, in which anything can happen at any time. Unfortunately, we experienced that last year. And this year we will be the second car on the track – right behind Sébastien Ogier, which doesn’t make things any easier since the stage tracks will still be very rough after just one car. However, we are delighted that we made up a considerable amount of ground in the championship standings with the result in Portugal and were able to move up into second place. Italy is definitely a rally that I love. And we will give it our all on Sardinia to bring home another good result.”

The number of the rally weekend in Italy: 16

Volkswagen is not only unbeaten in the overall standings to date in Italy – but also on the Power Stage. The special stage that usually closes a rally and on which bonus points are awarded to the best three drivers is not only a Volkswagen domain in general, Italy in particular has been a good hunting ground for the Polo R WRC and its crews. Out of the 18 bonus points awarded in the 2013, 2014 and 2015, Volkswagen picked up 16; it was only in 2013 that two points for second place went to Thierry Neuville (M-Sport-Ford). All of the bonus points went to Wolfsburg in 2014 and 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rally Report Magazine 16 Años

OGIER SUPERÓ A SORDO EN LA SEGUNDA ETAPA DE ASFALTO EN CATALUÑA Y VA POR SU CUARTO TÍTULO CON VOLKSWAGEN

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OGIER SUPERÓ A SORDO EN LA SEGUNDA ETAPA DE ASFALTO EN CATALUÑA Y VA POR SU CUARTO TÍTULO CON VOLKSWAGEN.

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ŠKODA HACE EL 1-2 EN LA WRC2 CON KOPECKÝ Y TIDEMAND.

M-SPORT & VW, PRESENTARÁN SUS NUEVOS COCHES WRC 2017 A MEDIADOS DE DICIEMBRE.

15 de Octubre 2016

La ilusión del cántabro Dani Sordo, del día de hoy, era mantener la lígera diferencia que cosechó ayer en la etapa de ripio mojado con algunos sectores con barro tripulando su efectivo Hyundai i20 WRC New Generation.

Pero hoy nada fue sencillo para el español, en primera instancia con problemas de subviraje en su unidad coreana armada en la factoría alemana de Alzenau, que le hicieron perder al término de la jornada valiosos segundos. Sin embargo, hay que decir, que el galo Sébastien Ogier realizó una remontada de aquellas, estableciendo cronos al más no poder, con un ataque frénetico sobre el piloto local de Hyundai, demostrando porque es el conductor de la especialidad del momento con casi cuatro coronas consecutivas en su haber, pilotando de forma perfecta el Polo R WRC junto a su amigo e inseparable navegante Julien Ingrassia. Descontando los 17 segundos que había de distancia entre ambos al finalizar el día inicial de tierra y ahora aventajando por 5.8 segundos contra la motivación intacta que origina Sordo, en el Rally de su casa, frente a su público y ante la gran oportunidad de cortar la racha negativa de no poder ganar en Cataluña.

En tercer escalón y en discordia se ubicó el belga Thierry Neuville, con el otro i20 WRC oficial de última evolución, con tiempos aceptables, pero lejos de Ogier y Sordo, y favoreciéndose, tras al abandono sorpresivo por vuelco del noruego Andreas Mikkelsen en la prueba especial 12, cuándo ocupaba la tercera plaza y tenía opciones de podio. Sin poder implementar su gran actuación del 2015, el rubio de Noruega, se va con las manos vacías de Salou.

En tanto que el fines Jari-Matti Latvala ha tenido un Rally para el olvido con el Polo R WRC número 2, con muchos inconvenientes, tanto en errores de conducción, con trompos, etc y pérdida de tiempo relevante en los varios pinchazos que lo consumió, quedando entre los 20 mejores clasificados al culminar este día sábado en PortAventura.

El “Kiwi” Hayden Paddon se recompuso de la mala puesta a punto del viernes y sostuvo un plan de trabajo constante a bordo de su i20 WRC, optando por la interesante cuarta posición, teniendo al británico Kris Meeke de la DS3 WRC by Abu Dhabi y al noruego Mads Ostberg de M-Sport entre el quinto y sexto puesto respectivamente, a sus espaldas, del talento de Nueva Zelanda, que se anima a decir, que sueña con el podio en suelo catalán.

Mientras que en la WRC2, las cosas están muy claras, solo una escuadra que domina a voluntad, los checos de ŠKODA, con sus dos estrellas que manejaron formidablemente sus Fabia R5, el experimentado Jan Kopecký y el sueco Pontus Tidemand. Que desde mañana buscarán el 1-2 fantástico para la marca que gestiona Michal Hräbanek y Pavel Hortek, desde su cuartel general ligado a Praga en Mladá Bolesvav.

Para finalizar dos cosas, los constructores M-Sport de Ford y Volkswagen Motorsport han confirmado que mostrarán próximamente a la prensa especializada a mediados del mes de diciembre sus nuevos autos de cara al revolucionario WRC 2017. Los esperados nuevos Fiesta RS WRC y VW Polo R WRC con las innovaciones aligeradas de las especificaciones que propone la FIA bajo la regulación WRCar 017 desde Montecarlo, la apertura central del Mundial en el año próximo.

54 – RallyRACC-Cataluña-Costa Daurada WRC 2016

Clasificación General Día 2

1-Ogier-Ingrassia-VW Polo R WRC – 2h.35m.12s.8/10 99.813 km/h.
2-Sordo-Marti-Hyundai i20 WRC New Generation -a 5s.8/10
3-Neuvile-Gilsoul-Hyundai i20 WRC New Generation -a 1m.03s9/10.
4-Paddon-Kennard-Hyundai i20 WRC New Generation -a 1m.20s.
5-Meeke-Nagle-DS3 WRC -a 1m.57s.9/10
6-Ostberg-Floene-Ford Fiesta RS WRC -a 2m.35s.7/10
7-Tanak-Molder-Ford Fiesta RS WRC -a 4m.24s.7/10

WRC2
1-Kopecky-Dresler-ŠKODA Fabia 2h.42m.54s.4/10 95.138 km/h.
2-Tidemand-Andersson-ŠKODA Fabia-a 14s.3/10

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DANI SORDO CON POCAS CHANCES DE PODIO EN EL TOUR DE CORSE

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DANI SORDO CON POCAS CHANCES DE PODIO EN EL TOUR DE CORSE.

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Dani Sordo pierde opciones de podio en Córcega.

Cuando ocupaba la tercera posición provisional del Rally Tour de Corse, Dani Sordo se ha visto retrasado debido a un pinchazo en la última especial disputada hoy.

Sordo se ha visto apeado de la lucha por el podio por el que peleaba igual que en el pasado Rally de Alemania, y afrontará la segunda etapa de la prueba corsa en novena posición con el objetivo de llegar con el mayor número de puntos posibles el domingo a Porte-Vecchio, donde finalizará la presente edición del Rally Tour de Corse, décima prueba puntuable para el Campeonato del Mundo de Rallyes.

Dani empezaba la jornada acusando algo de subviraje en su Hyundai i20 WRC, a pesar de lo que marcaba el tercer mejor tiempo en la primera especial del día, Acqua Doria-Albitreccia, de 49,72 kilómetros. El piloto español del Hyundai Shell World Rally Team se iba encontrando más a gusto a medida que transcurría la etapa, pero pinchaba una de las ruedas traseras a pocos kilómetros del comienzo del último tramo cronometrado disputado hoy, perdiendo aproximadamente dos minutos: “Después de los tramos de la mañana me encontraba más a gusto con el coche, y he conservado los neumáticos en el primer tramo de la tarde de cara al último, pero he notado que el coche se movía de la parte trasera hasta que hemos comprobado que se trataba de un pinchazo y hemos tenido que parar a cambiar la rueda en pleno tramo. Ha sido decepcionante. No sé cómo ha ocurrido. Una pena, ya que nos encontrábamos en una buena tercera plaza. Intentaremos ganar alguna posición de aquí al domingo”, explicaba Sordo tras finalizar el último tramo disputado hoy.

Con salida y llegada desde Bastia, al norte de la isla, la jornada de mañana sábado será la más larga del Rally Tour de Corse y estará compuesta de dos bucles a los tramos La Porta-Valle di Rostino (53,72 kilómetros) y Novella-Pietralba (30,80 kilómetros).

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HOME, SPEED HOME – OGIER IN A LEAGUE OF HIS OWN ON DAY OF THE RALLY FRANCE

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Ogier in a league of his own on day one of the Rally France.

Sébastien Ogier (F), Julien Ingrassia (F) Volkswagen Polo R WRC (2016) WRC Rally France - Corsica 2016 Photo: Bodo Kräling

Four stages, four fastest times – Ogier/Ingrassia open commanding lead on home soil
Latvala/Anttila and Mikkelsen/Jæger within touching distance of the podium in third and fourth

30th September 2016

FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP (WRC)
RALLY FRANCE

Wolfsburg (30 September 2016). It doesn’t get any better than this. Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) made a perfect start to the Rally France on Corsica in their Polo R WRC. The three-time world champions, who could claim the title for the fourth time in a row with victory at their home race – provided other results go their way – won all four special stages on the opening day of round ten of this season’s FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). Two of the duos out to prevent the Frenchmen from getting their hands on the title this weekend are their Volkswagen team-mates, who are also on course for success: Jari-Matti Latvala/Mikka Anttila (FIN/FIN) ended day one in third place, just ahead of Andreas Mikkelsen/Anders Jæger (N/N) in fourth. Second place after 157.68 of 390.92 kilometres against the clock is occupied by Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul (B/B, Hyundai). While Ogier/Ingrassia opened a commanding lead of 44 seconds, just 15 seconds separate the chasing pack of three in their battle for second and third.

The opening day featured some typical Corsican special stages: narrow, winding roads and long sections put driver, co-driver and car through their paces in gorgeous autumn weather.

Quotes after day one of the Rally France

Sébastien Ogier, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #1
“An ideal opening day for Julien and me – beautiful stages, superb weather and a perfect car. The key to stage one was to find our rhythm. Looking at the lead we opened, we appear to have done just that. It was pretty hot in the cockpit in the afternoon, particularly on the long 50-kilometre stage. We have a similarly demanding day ahead of us tomorrow, particularly if the weather deteriorates. However, we obviously want to continue as we were today, to make sure we win in the end. That is definitely the goal at our home rally.”

Jari-Matti Latvala, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #2
“We were a little too cautious at first, but gradually found our rhythm the further into the rally we got. We can make a few improvements here and there, for example when braking, but apart from that we are racing the right way for the Rally Corsica. That only makes the outstanding times set by our team-mate Sébastien Ogier all the more astonishing. Hats off to his performance. We will obviously try to stick with him tomorrow and on Sunday. If we can, we have a good chance of finishing on the podium.”

Andreas Mikkelsen, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #9
“We are not so much focusing on winning the world championship, but more on securing second place. With that in mind, we are going nicely in fourth place. I struggled to know how hard to brake in the morning. Unfortunately, we lost a lot of time as a result. Apart from that, though, it was a good day for us, but we have two more challenging days ahead to come.”

Sven Smeets, Volkswagen Motorsport Director
“We could hardly hope for a better start to the Rally France. Sébastien Ogier was clearly in a league of his own, while Jari-Matti Latvala and Andreas Mikkelsen are also well-placed. First, third and fourth is more than we had expected and hoped for. However, everyone in the team is well aware that we are only one third of the way into the rally and we still have a lot of work ahead of us. If we remain as focused as we have been so far, there is a good chance we will be rewarded with a strong result.”

And then there was …

… a little milestone. Andreas Mikkelsen is contesting his 75th rally in the World Rally Championship at the Rally France – the 45th with Volkswagen and the tenth with his co-driver Anders Jæger. The Norwegian made his debut at the 2006 Rally Great Britain. Since then, he has finished on the podium on 18 occasions, including victories at the 2015 Rally Spain and the 2016 Rally Poland – all with the Polo R WRC.

Standings after day two of the Rally France

01. Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F), Volkswagen, 1h 37m 52.8s
02. Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul (B/B), Hyundai, + 44.0s
03. Jari-Matti Latala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN), Volkswagen + 58.0s
04. Andreas Mikkelsen/Anders Jæger (N/N), Volkswagen, + 59.3s
05. Craig Breen/Scott Martin (GB/GB), Citroën, + 1m 18.7s
06. Hayden Paddon/John Kennard (NZ/NZ), Hyundai, + 1m 26.2s
07. Eric Camilli/Benjamin Veillas (F/F), Ford, + 2m 00.7s
08. Elfyn Evans/Craig Perry (GB/GB), Ford, + 2m 36.3s
09. Dani Sordo/Marc Martí (E/E), Hyundai, + 2m 39.1s
10. Mads Østberg/Ola Fløene (N/N), Ford, + 2m 41.9s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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